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Tips for photographing roses 11: keep an eye on the forecast

Blustery conditions present real problems for garden photography. It’s another roses are like dogs comparison, but even in a moderate summer breeze, some varieties of English roses will bounce around on the ends of their branches like enthusiastic young puppies hoping to be taken for a walk. 275 more words

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Tips for photographing roses 10: getting colours right

I have watched (with real concern) as professional photographers struggled to reproduce colours accurately when taking pictures of cut flowers under studio lighting.  They’ve carefully calibrated their cameras, lighting, reflectors and computer screens. 906 more words

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Tips for photographing roses 9: it's not all about your camera

“To write a great novel, you need a really expensive pen, right?”

I’ll always remember David Perry saying this as he began his talk to a group of garden writers who were keen to become better photographers.

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Tips for photographing roses 8: always go straight back

If you drive past what looks at first glance appears to be a wonderful or very unusual shot, do yourself a favour – turn round, go straight back and capture it. 188 more words

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Tips for photographing roses 7: the golden hour

Take advantage of the best light by taking pictures early or late in the day. I’ve heard garden photographers rave about the diffused light of misty mornings, but they’ll also tell you that the perfect light is surprisingly rare. 368 more words

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Tips for photographing roses 6: not all roses are equal

I’m sorry to have to say this, especially as we think of roses as beautiful flowers, but I believe that some varieties are just more photogenic than others. 494 more words

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Tips for photographing roses 12: finding happiness

If you’re just not very good at garden photography, ask yourself if it makes you feel happy – and if it does, keep going! Perhaps taking pictures gets you out into gardens, encourages you to grow more roses, or helps you look at flowers more closely, or simply helps you to remember places you’ve been. 92 more words

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